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About Us

Since its establishment John Morse Solicitors has assisted clients from all walks of life with legal advice and support.

Specialising in a range of legal services and headed by senior director John Morse, the Swansea-based law firm has extensive experience to meet and exceed your expectations delivering a tailored service throughout Wales and England.

Meet the Team

The Directors


John Morse

John Morse
Senior director John Morse is an established solicitor with vast experience in commercial property, commercial matters and licensing.

John’s licensing expertise has led him to successfully represent national companies and PLCs in Liquor, Betting and Gaming Licensing throughout Swansea, South Wales and the rest of the UK. John actively advises hotels, restaurants and brewers as well as individuals on all aspects of licensing, from planning and acquisitions to licences and appeals.

John Morse specialises in commercial matters, such as buying and selling businesses/assets and commercial leases. John Morse also undertakes trust, tax and estate planning work.

Andrew Sivertsen

Andrew Sivertsen
Since joining the Swansea law firm in August 2000, Andrew Sivertsen has overseen all aspects of general, civil and commercial litigation, including family and matrimonial, and civil and commercial disputes.

Andrew has conducted matters in small claim trials and assisted in appeals at the Royal Court of Justice in London.

Andrew also has experience under the Licensing Act 2003 and represented Mitchells and Butler in the first appeal to the Magistrates Court under this new legislation. In addition to this, Andrew practices in the area of commercial property.


Michelle Valerio

Michelle Valerio
Michelle Valerio specialises in property work including residential and commercial transactions; acquisitions and sales of business; landlord and tenant work (including licences and assignment work); and all aspects of business and commercial matters.  She also specialises in probate, Wills and estate planning, and undertakes specialist general civil litigation related to property and estate matters.

Michelle operated as a sole practitioner for 5 years and Michelle’s extensive experience includes commercial matters. She has undertaken a range of commercial work including commercial property, general civil litigation (High Court and Mercantile work) and employment. She has taken cases to the court of appeal and has recently won a case in the Supreme Court of Spain.

In 2009 Michelle merged her practice with John Morse Solicitors.

Sonia McGarrigle

Sonia McGarrigle
Director Sonia McGarrigle joined the South Wales law firm following a recent merger between John Morse Solicitors and McGarrigle-Jones Solicitors Limited.

Since qualifying in 1996, Sonia has established herself as a leading professional in medical negligence and personal injury law throughout Wales.

Sonia is a fluent Welsh speaker and has been a member of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Accreditation Panel since September 2000. Sonia also has Senior Litigator status with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

Since joining John Morse Solicitors Sonia has developed the clinical and medical negligence department assisting in both birth injury and spinal injury cases. Sonia acts exclusively for clinical negligence and personal injury claimants with many cases run on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis. Some of her successful cases have been reported on Lawtel, an online case directory for solicitors and barristers.




Laura Munday

Laura is a graduate of Swansea University where she obtained a 2.1 Law Degree; she then went on to complete the Legal Practice Course in Swansea University and achieved a Distinction.

After graduating, Laura joined the firm in 2013 and qualified as a Solicitor in January 2019.

Laura’s main areas of expertise are residential conveyancing, Will drafting and appointing attorneys under Lasting Powers.

Laura also has experience in dealing with probate work and Deputyship Orders at the Court of Protection. She has also assisted on specialist general civil litigation related to property and estate matters.


Matthew Thomas

Matthew graduated with a History degree from Cardiff University before undertaking the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course.                                                  

Matthew joined the firm in 2017 and qualified as a Solicitor in January 2020.

Within the firm, Matthew mainly deals with residential and commercial property work and acts in respect of sales, purchases, mortgages and leases, as well as assisting with property litigation and Landlord and Tenant matters.

Outside of work, Matthew is an avid sports fan, being a Swansea City season ticket holder. Matthew is also a keen long-distance runner.